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Catherine Carter will read from her new poetry chapbook, “Marks of the Witch,” on Friday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Former state poet laureate, Kathryn Byer, had this to say about Carter’s third book, “Stephen Spender once described poetry as ‘enchanted utterance.’ Few contemporary poets write poems that come as close to Spender’s definition as Catherine Carter. Call it enchantment or call it witchery, the poetry in Carter’s Marks of the Witch creates through its incantatory rhythms and startling imagery a voice that reveals nothing less than the mystery residing in even the most ordinary detail of our daily lives.”

Catherine Carter teaches in the English Department at WCU. Her two other books of poetry are “Memory of Gills” and “Swamp Monster at Home.” To reserve copies of any of her books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

This year the town of Dillsboro will be hosting two new endeavors open to vendors from the surrounding region. The Inaugural “Front Street Arts & Crafts Show” will premiere on June 20, scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This is the first summer show in Dillsboro in many years, and will kick off the summer/fall events with the same promoters of the successful 2014 ColorFest. The show will feature a Silent Auction to benefit the Community Table of Sylva, food and entertainment. Arriving during the show will be a trainload of visitors to Western North Carolina through the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad.

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The winter season of the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts (SMCPA) has begun with holiday shows planned through the end of the year. To add a little sparkle to the mix, Scotty Corbin will be returning as general manager and artistic director of the performing arts center.

Corbin, who is thrilled to be returning to his role with the center, is set to officially take over on Dec. 1, but has already hit the ground running promising a spectacular 2015 entertainment season.

“We are really anticipating the excitement and potential that 2015 will bring to the theatre,” said Corbin. “This coming year, we want to focus on a lot of variety of events so there will be something for everyone of every age throughout the year.”

Corbin isn't the only familiar face re-joining the SMCPA team, but along with the Overlook Players who are responsible for the spectacular musicals that the center has had in the past, Samuel Crabtree will also be joining the theatre as technical director.

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The Western Carolina Community Chorus will present a varied program of seasonal music at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. The theme is "Shepherds, Angels, and Kings," as these figures are represented in many ways in the texts of the selections.

Several favorite carols will be part of the program, such as "O Come, All Ye Faithful," and "Angels We Have Heard on High," both arranged by the conductor, Robert Holquist, Professor Emeritus of the WCU School of Music. WCU composer, Bruce Frazier, will be featured as the chorus, pianist, and two flutists perform his "Tidings of the Season."

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